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Removing Screen-Time Limiting Apps, Apple Defends its Decision

With the launch of iOS 12 in September last year, the company implemented its own built-in screen time tracking tools and controls.

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Meanwhile, the iPhone-maker is planning to upgrade the camera resolution and set-up in its 2019 line-up. Pixabay

Apple has defended its decision to remove third-party screen-limiting apps that helped people fight iPhone addiction, saying these apps put users’ privacy and security at risk.

Apple had removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.

In a blog post on late Sunday, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said the use of mobile device management (MDM) technologies in the removed parental control apps could have leaked users’ location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history to a third party.

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“Several developers released updates to bring their apps in line with these policies and those that didn’t were removed from the App Store,” Apple said. Pixabay

“MDM does have legitimate uses, but it is incredibly riskya — and a clear violation of App Store policies — for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer’s device,” the iPhone-maker wrote.

Research has shown that MDM profiles could be used by hackers to gain access for malicious purposes.

“Parents shouldn’t have to trade their fears of their children’s device usage for risks to privacy and security, and the App Store should not be a platform to force this choice.

“No one, except you, should have unrestricted access to manage your child’s device,” said Apple.

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Apple had removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps. Pixabay

Earlier in December, Apple had started warning developers developing third-party screen-time trackers and parental control apps because they were suspected to have been violating App Store guidelines and misusing background location mode for purposes other than location-related features.

“When we found out about these guideline violations, we communicated these violations to the app developers, giving them 30 days to submit an updated app.

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“Several developers released updates to bring their apps in line with these policies and those that didn’t were removed from the App Store,” Apple said.

With the launch of iOS 12 in September last year, the company implemented its own built-in screen time tracking tools and controls. (IANS)

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Upcoming Apple iPhone May Have Qualcomm Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor

Apple might be using OLED displays from Samsung that are thinner than the displays currently being used

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As per the report, Apple may use Qualcomm's X55 modems in all its 2020 iPhones, which support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum. Pixabay

Apple is reportedly planing to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor technology in one iPhone model, set to be released in 2020.

The iPhone maker was partnering with Taiwanese touchscreen maker GIS to develop an iPhone for 2020 or 2021 that could use the under-display tech, MacRumors reported on Wednesday.

Qualcomm unveiled the new 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint reader on Tuesday at its third annual Snapdragon Technology Summit.

Qualcomm supplies ultrasonic fingerprint sensors for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note10 smartphones. But iPhones could use an even more advanced version of the technology by 2020 or 2021 rolls in.

J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee believes, Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved augmented reality capabilities.

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Apple is reportedly planing to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor technology in one iPhone model, set to be released in 2020. Pixabay

While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera.

As per the report, Apple may use Qualcomm’s X55 modems in all its 2020 iPhones, which support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum.

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All four iPhone models will have OLEDs. Apple might be using OLED displays from Samsung that are thinner than the displays currently being used. (IANS)